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Inflight Experience / Seating AA domestic 3-class upgrade

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by laxton23, Jan 31, 2020.

  1. laxton23

    laxton23 New Member

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    I am booking a flight to Hawaii and am Exec Plat on American. I will be flying a 3 class 787 from DFW and was not sure what class I need to book. I would like to put myself in a position to be upgraded to business class. If I book a standard economy fare, will an upgrade put me into premium economy or into business? I know systemwides will get me from ec9nomy to business, but not sure about the 500 mile complementary upgrades work on it.

    thanks everyone!
     
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    OCTinPHL Well-Known Member

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    Hi, either SWUs or 500 mile complimentary upgrades will move you from main cabin into business. I have read complaints (or perhaps questions is a better term?) from people saying they got upgraded from Y to PE, not biz. What sometimes happens is that AA will upgrade people from PE to J (using SWUs or 500-mile upgrades) and then move people complimentary from Y to PE. But that is done if Y is oversold, and they aren't (shouldn't be) docked 500-mile upgrades.
     
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    rickyw Well-Known Member

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    Does AA sell premium economy to Hawaii?? I thought elites could select those seats for free
     
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  4. OCTinPHL

    OCTinPHL Well-Known Member

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    AA does now sell PE to Hawaii and Alaska on the 787s. (Not sure if they fly other wide-bodies to HI.) Not sure when it started.
     
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  5. laxton23

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    They also fly some 777s, depending on which airport you are flying into. I have seen them, though not totally consistently, across OGG, KOA, and HNL. I am going to Kauai and planning on flying to another and taking a jumper to prevent having to be on a a321 all the way there. Seems like the wide bodies are only coming from ORD and DFW, with PHX and LAX still using mostly a321s.
     
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